HEINEKEN WOBO: The brick that holds beer!
Upcycling is a 21st century term, coined by Cradle to Cradle authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart, but the idea of turning waste into useful products came to life brilliantly in 1963 with the Heineken WOBO (world bottle). Envisioned by beer brewer Alfred Heineken and designed by Dutch architect John Habraken, the “brick that holds beer” was ahead of its ecodesign time, letting beer...
Neverwas Haul: A Steampunk House on Wheels
The Neverwas Haul is a fantastic steam-powered, mobile 3 story Victorian mansion that was constructed by a pith-helmeted team of industrious lunatics. The members of the Academy of Unnatural Sciences, based in Berkeley, California, welcome you to the Neverwas Project, an on-going Do It Yourself (DIY) group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate steam-powered art pieces...
Inside the Hobbit House
Appreciating a modern-day cottage based on mythical literature by Debra Judge Silber Asked to design a fitting repository for a client’s valuable collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and artifacts, architect Peter Archer went to the source—the fantasy novels that describe the abodes of the diminutive Hobbits. “I came back my client and said, ‘I’m not going to make this look like...
FOREST LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CABIN
JUDITH MOUNTAIN CABIN (AIA - Montana - Merit Design Award Winner) “It was like being hit by lightning” according to the client. Given 113 acres in Alpine Gulch in the Judith Mountains of central Montana, it was a dream come true for them, after searching for years for acreage like this. The land already had a small log cabin on it. Located at the very bottom of the canyon, in a grove of old firs,...